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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263037

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263037.001.0001

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‘This Small Island’: Britain, Size and Empire

‘This Small Island’: Britain, Size and Empire

Raleigh Lecture on History

(p.171) ‘This Small Island’: Britain, Size and Empire
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures

Linda Colley

British Academy

This lecture discusses the British Empire and how it has generally been imagined and presented in history books and atlases. It draws attention to the connections over the centuries between size, national self-image, power, and British Empire. The lecture was prompted by a conviction that British domestic historians must look more closely and imaginatively at imperial and global connections. One of the realizations presented in this lecture is that it was Britain's small size that prompted them to engage in overseas aggression and invasions.

Keywords:   British Empire, size, national self-image, power, imperial connections, global connections, overseas aggression, invasions

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